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A Twitter User’s Guide to NHL Rumours

The Stanley Cup will be presented no later than Wednesday, September 30th which means the NHL’s silly season (a.k.a Free Agency) will soon be upon us come October 9th. With that comes increased chatter and rumour-mongering on social media as the intrigue of “where will they go?” builds into a fury of speculation. Free Agency…

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Another Cash vs. Cap Advantage for the Leafs

The Leafs have a number of financial advantages. Unfortunately cap space isn’t one of them. While that means the Leafs will be limited in the extent of moves they can make, that doesn’t mean they don’t have different avenues they can explore, and one of them might be using salary they can bury on the…

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Could Alexander Wennberg be an option for the Leafs?

With the Leafs cap crunch looming, particularly with the flat cap and the potential that they may be signing Alex Pietrangelo, cheap depth signings are going to be key to maintaining success, especially when it could make up our entire bottom six on forward. Enter Alexander Wennberg, a center for the Blue Jackets who may…

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How the Maple Leafs can fit Alex Pietrangelo into their cap situation

The Alex Pietrangelo sweepstakes are heating up with four teams reportedly in the mix to sign the 30-year-old. Toronto is a strong favourite because of the way they can structure his contract and the fact that it’s literally his home. But there’s been a lot that’s said about a possible sign and trade, which Pierre…

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Potential Buyouts the Leafs should consider signing

IT’S BUYOUT DAY! The fun thing about the Kyle Dubas era is that we don’t seem to be discussing what Leafs players need to be bought out anymore. Part of that might be because all the deals are structured to be buyout proof, but we won’t concern ourselves with that for another couple of years…

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Should the Leafs explore a sign-and-trade for Alex Pietrangelo?

Welcome to Pietrangeloctober If you haven’t heard, there’s a top-pairing right-handed defenceman with Stanley Cup-winning pedigree from just north of Toronto who seems destined to hit the open market 15 days from now. His name is Alex Pietrangelo, and he’s a wanted man around these parts. Make no mistakes about it, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas…

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The Leafs roster by how they were acquired

For my own amusement I decided to take a look at how the Leafs have been constructed. How many players have they acquired through free agency, how many via trade, and how many through the draft. And most importantly, what round were they drafted in. The result is the graph below… These are the 22…

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The Leafs depth will be tested if they spend big on Pietrangelo

At a time when the Leafs are potentially looking to spend $50M on 5 players, assuming Alex Pietrangelo is brought in, there probably needs to be some discussion about what the supporting cast looks like and honestly I don’t think the Leafs are in too bad of shape. The reality of the core isn’t really…

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The Leafs should make another trade with the Penguins

If there’s one thing I love about the NHL offseason, it has to be the immediate fallout of a big trade and watching both the fans of either team and neutral observers react to it. Trades are stupid fun and there’s nothing more enjoyable in sports than going over a recent transaction and trying to…